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Occupational Therapy

We support, empower and enable people who have difficulties with everyday activities.

Who is this service for?

We support adults with a variety of health problems or conditions, including people with a short-term illness or injury, or those who are managing a long-term condition.

Get access to this service

Contact your GP, health or social care professional to request a referral to this service. They will be able to discuss your options with you and make a referral if they feel our service would be of benefit to you.

We work with people in hospitals and in the community. We also have occupational therapists working in our mental health services. Your care co-ordinator will be able to arrange for you to meet with an occupational therapist if you both feel it would benefit you.  

How we can help

We are specialists in understanding the connection between everyday activities and your physical and mental health. We help solve problems to empower and enable you to take more control of your life. We want you to be able to get the most from life.

We work closely with you to identify what difficulties or problems you have, or may have, with everyday activities. It could be getting out of bed, washing yourself or preparing food. They can be the type of activities that many of us take for granted, but not being able to do them can have a big impact on your quality of life.  

Where possible, we want to avoid you being admitted to hospital, and will provide treatment and support to help enable you to stay in your own home.

If you are currently in hospital, we can make sure that you can be safely discharged, with the right support in place for when you’re ready to return home.

Some of the other ways we can help may include:

  • Helping prevent you from falls or injuries   
  • Specialist management for people with long term conditions  
  • Providing specialist equipment to help with your everyday activities
  • Helping you manage tiredness (fatigue)
  • Help patients with their end-of-life care  
Contact us

Speak to your GP, health professional or care co-ordinator if you think occupational therapy may benefit you.

Useful websites

NHS Choices (occupational therapy)

British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists

Directgov (care assessments)
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